West Side Stories

Day in the Life of High School Student with a Disability

Myles Calhoun, Staff Reporter

March 30, 2020

For many highschoolers, the same routine ensues… you wake up, jump out of bed and get going on your way to school. As your day starts, you run in stampedes in the hallways as the bell rushes you to get to your class and repeat but for some, this repetitive and typical day isn’t the same.  Elizabeth Thompson is a charismatic and funny sophomore at Wauwatosa West, who was born with Spina Bifida....

West Principal Frank Calarco stands in front of the inscription on the wall of his office after being first appointed as Principal. Calarco's friend painted the inscription in his office to stress this message to students.

Wauwatosa West Principal to Retire after Serving District for 29 Years

February 21, 2020

Wauwatosa West Principal Frank Calarco will retire at the end of the 2019-2020 school year after serving as the West Principal for the last 10 years.  Calarco is no stranger to the Wauwatosa Scho...

Students Take Black Literature Class

Students Take Black Literature Class

December 27, 2019

High school students often face some struggle trying to learn about their history and themselves. For senior Nadia Roberts the black literature class allows her to reflect on ...

The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test or PSAT/NMSQT test gives students an indication of how they would perform on the SAT or ACT test. 

Wauwatosa West Students Take the PSAT

November 4, 2019

Although 115 Wauwatosa West Sophomores and Juniors took the Preliminary SAT or PSAT the morning of Wednesday, October 16th, some students were not able to register and take the t...

Cold Days

February 13, 2014

This winter has been one to remember - not only has there been a lot of snow and extreme cold - but the Wauwatosa School District closed for three days due to dangerously cold weather conditions. “It has been unusual to be called off this many times for cold and not snow”. said Wauwatosa School District Superintendent Dr. Phil Ertl. So far the additional days have been accommodated by adjustments to the s...

EYouth Visits Tosa West

October 1, 2013

Members of the Egyptian organization EYouth visited Wauwatosa West on the morning of September 30th to talk about civic education in Egypt and America. The visit was organized in part by the US State Department. Five members of EYouth visited: Rana Roshdy Eldeeb, Alaa Elsaqa, Mohamed Mahmoud Mahrous, Radwa Mohamad Aly, and Mohammad Omar. The five members of EYouth, which stands for “Engaging and Emp...

Wednesday April 24 Bomb Threat

April 29, 2013

Due to a bomb threat discovered inside a Wauwatosa West bathroom Tuesday, administrators made attendance on Wednesday, April 24th optional. Despite the threat, no bomb was discovered to indicate an actual plot. Before school on the 24th, additional police officers, including school resource officer Farris Griffin, checked some students' bags as they entered the school. Many students also noted that...

Citizens Question Milwaukee Police at Protests

November 29, 2012

With signs reading “Chief Flynn has got 2 go,” citizens of Milwaukee Protest against the Chief of the Milwaukee Police Department on the afternoon of November 18. Led by Khalil Coleman, these rallies are organized to get Flynn to step down from his position as Chief. On Sunday November 11th, four of Khalil Coleman’s protesters were arrested for disorderly conduct in the streets of downtown Milwaukee....

New Start Times

May 8, 2012

Concluding an episode that had left teachers and students worried over school start time changes, the Wauwatosa School Board voted Monday to standardize all school start times. On Monday, May 7, the board adopted a new schedule for Elementary, Middle, and High School start times for the 2012-13 school year. High Schools start at 8:10 a.m., and Middle and Elementary Schools start 10 and 20 minutes...

Leah Rogers-First at State

May 1, 2012

Saturday morning at Ripon College was not what one would expect from a state Forensics meet. Amidst the anxious rehearsal of speeches and performances, a surprisingly relaxed atmosphere penetrated the halls of the small college. This would prove to be short lived, however. As the events got under way, many participants became tense. However, junior Leah Rogers was oblivious from such tension. “The...

7:40 or 8:00?

April 26, 2012

Under a new proposal to be voted on by the school board on May 7, school start and end times around the district could change. During the 2011-2012 school year, the schedule has been 8:00 to 3:07. Originally, district Superintendent Phil Ertl proposed for high schools run from 7:40 to 2:50 next year, but as a result of the feedback he received from parents and students in the district, he has...

The First Annual Wauwatosa All City Band Festival

April 21, 2012

On Wednesday, April 18th, the Wauwatosa West band joined several other schools in the First Annual Wauwatosa All City Band Festival, performed inside the State Fair’s Exposition Center Wauwatosa West performed alongside bands from Wauwatosa East, Longfellow, Whitman, Eisenhower, and from the elementary schools: Roosevelt, Madison, McKinley, Lincoln, Wilson, Roosevelt, Underwood, and Washington. ...

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